Queer Eye's Tan France: I wouldn't live in the UK again - I suffered so much racism

Tan France arrives at night one of the Television Academy's 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Tan France was born in Doncaster but now lives in Utah (AP)

Queer Eye star Tan France has said he would not return to live in the UK as he believes racism is too much of a problem.

The 36-year-old former fashion designer was born in Doncaster in the north of England to Muslim Pakistani parents, but in 2015 moved to the US where he lives with his husband in Salt Lake City, Utah.

France told Grazia magazine: “It’s a solid no. I suffered so much racism here and it’s just not something I want to put myself through.

“I love this country, I love what it potentially represents, but I just think that until they solve this problem or move forward with it, where you just are not attacked every day, I’m not willing to be here.”

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Tan France and husband Rob (Getty Images)
Tan France and husband Rob (Getty)

He added: “I’ve never been called anything racist in the US. It’s not once happened.”

And the TV presenter - who co-hosts new Netflix series Next In Fashion with Alexa Chung - has no plans to revive his own designing career either.

He said: “Not just for the time being. I’m trying to avoid that for the rest of my life. It is the most stressful thing - I think people think you’re just off with the fairies playing dress-up. It’s so high-pressure.”

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France studied fashion at Doncaster College and worked for clothing chain Zara, department store Selfridges and fashion house Chanel before founding his own women’s clothing line Kingdom & State. Since becoming the star of makeover show Queer Eye he has sold his business.

The fashion expert has been married to husband Rob France for almost 10 years. Born Tanween Safdar, he took Rob’s surname after they married. In 2018, he told the Associated Press they were considering having children via surrogacy.